2929RE: [delany-list] Re: Project Gutenberg
- Aug 20, 2006Hi Greg and one-an-all,
I hope this will not be simply teaching grandmas to suck eggs but if it
helps at all to clarify the bibliographical pedigree of the early texts...:
Jewels of Aptor. First published by Ace Books, New York, 1962 as Ace Double
F-173 (with James White's 'Second Ending')
Second edition, "revised and expanded" Ace Books,
New York, 1968
Gollancz, London, 1968. Uses the text of the second
Sphere Books, London, 1971. "contains additional
Gregg Press, Boston, 1976. Uses the text of the
Sphere Books edition which Stephens describes as "Delany's preferred text"
Then of course there comes the Bantam, Gollancz
paperback, Gollancz Collectors editions and possibly others, some of which
may have minor textual changes made in them, some of which may have been
printed by offset lithography from earlier editions.
'Captives of the Flame' First Edition. Ace Books, New York, 1963 as Ace
Double F-199 (with Keith Brunner - pseud. John Bunner - 'The Psionic
Sphere Books, London, 1968. Retitled, 'Out of the
Dead City' (Stephens describes this as "Delany's original title") "Enlarged
Ace Books, New York, n.d. (Ace 22643-4) uses the
text of the Sphere edition and again Stephen's describes this as "Delany's
There's been precious little work done on SRD's bibliography since Stephens'
checklist in 1992 (published by Ultramarine) and it's crying out to be
updated. Also, I wouldn't put too much store in the comments made by
Stephens about 'Delany's preferred this or that' not because I doubt his
information at all but because there's been 12 years of more editions and
possibly more changes since Stephens wrote. Also, as you are in touch with
SRD all you have to do is ask - which it sounds like you are doing.
Also, possibly of interest to you or to the person who eventually writes the
introduction would be the passages in 'The Motion of Light in Water' in
which Delany explains the evolution of the earliest forms of the text and
how they had to be cut massively to fit the tight strictures of Ace's double
Hope there's something of help in that. Other members of the list probably
have the Peplow bibliography which almost certainly has more information...
Keep well all,
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